The Corporation for National and Community Service once again has honored West Virginia Northern Community College with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.
"For the third year in a row, the students, faculty and staff at West Virginia Northern have been named to this prestigious honor roll, and we are gratified that our efforts are being recognized on a national basis," WVNCC President Martin J. Olshinsky said. "The college's commitment to community service has been in force for decades. It is second nature to us," he added.
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
Major community service projects in the last year at West Virginia Northern included participation in the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society; St. Baldrick's Day activities in support of finding a cure for cancer in children; Have a Heart Month for the American Heart Association; the Save a Life Tour, the national alcohol awareness program that brought hundreds of high school students to Northern; Military Mail Call; and numerous projects supporting health awareness and research.
West Virginia Northern was the only area school named to the Honor Roll and one of only five institutions of higher education named in the state.
"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute West Virginia Northern Community College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."
Overall, the corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
The Honor Roll is a program of the corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.
"I offer heartfelt congratulations to those institutions named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. College and university students across the country are making a difference in the lives of others every day as are the institutions that encourage their students to serve others," said American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.
Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the corporation's Volunteering in America 2007 study. Expanding campus incentives for service is part of a larger initiative to spur higher levels of volunteering by America's college students. The corporation is working with a coalition of federal agencies, higher education and student associations, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.